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Simmonston was surveyed in 1872 as a town on one of 6 major routes proposed for the railway that would go north from Quorn. It was touted as to be one of the healthiest towns in the colony. The survey area was extensive and substantial. It is said that this town was surveyed with the view that it would one day become the biggest settlement in South Australia outside of Adelaide.
Two buildings were commenced in 1880, a hotel and a general store. However before construction was completed word got out that the railway would go 20 km’s farther east at a place now known as Gordon and well and truly bypassing Simmonston
Simmonston became the town that died before it had lived and was considered “the town that never was” Some 600 empty blocks, some old stone wall and cellars from the teamsters' hotel is all that remains today.
Simmonston is also where the Willochra Creek, Kanyaka/Wirreanda Creek, Mount Arden Creek and Buckaringa Creek all meet as they are flowing through the northern end of the Buckaringa Range. From here the Willochra Creek continues on to flow through a gap in the ranges and into Lake Torrens.
Whilst your here consider doing “Bobby Creek” and “Wild Dog Glen” caches as a trillology.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum